A New York native, Jasmin has a gift for effortlessly layering eras, textures and shapes. What makes her presence so intoxicating over many fashion bloggers nowadays is that she lives and breathes this lifestyle. It’s not for show. She’s no phony. Period.That kind of passion for her craft beyond the #selfie is rare and refreshing. Simply put, She’s a fucking Force of Nature.
What can I say? Jasmin Rodriguez, a.k.a Vintage Vandalizm, is the whole package: intelligent, savvy, creative, joyful, gorgeous and a true original! Her style is beyond compare and her friendship is one I cherish. I have a tendency to fall off the face of the Earth for extended periods of time but, I can always count on Jasmin to have a “Hey Dollface!” and one of her winning *Smiles* to greet me when I crawl back to the planet.
Each look she weaves together has been expertly cultivated over years of her curating a style identity all her own.An identity that is fully reflective of her personal history and loves.
Take a close look and open your ears because I swear you can hear the clash of the Subway Train hovering above Queens, where she was raised, when she mixes Eighties trends with Forties silhouettes.
Her symphonic use of color is the product of a real life education she received from the juxtaposition of the MET’s masterpieces with the wild rise of Graffiti bombed on the streets she walked daily.
Oh yeah, and that confident stance? Pura Latina. With so few examples of Latina Entrepreneurs succeeding long term, Jasmin’s consistent success is breaking the mold and giving Latinas representation in an industry notorious for its noninclusive nature but, don’t be fooled. She’s just getting started. We have only scratched the surface of this Force of Nature and her illustrious skill set.
I was able to catch up with Jasmin last week and frankly, I had no clue what to ask her. I knew she had a passion for lingerie and fashion but I also know she has so much more to say. Instead of using my standard interview format via phone, I decided to go with a Classic for my Classic Ladyfriend, The Proust Questionnaire.
Enjoy getting a sneak peak into the Mind of the a Pinup.
What is your idea of perfect happiness? To live a meaningful life. One of love, adventure, knowledge.
What is your greatest fear? To conform and lose my fun and youthful personality in the midst of adulthood.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I have a hard time trusting people.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Those who try to control me.
Which living person do you most admire? My mom. I wish we lived closer nearly every day.
What is your greatest extravagance? I’d say my courage.
What is your current state of mind? Happy and ready for what ever comes next.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Purity. Even good people sin.
On what occasion do you lie? When I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.
What do you most dislike about your appearance? My skin but Ive learned I can accept it or spend the rest of my life uselessly being insecure about it.
Which living person do you most despise? Donald Trump lol
What is the quality you most like in a man? Thoughtfulness.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Loyalty.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? Dollface.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? I’m working on it .
When and where were you happiest? I’m happy when I’m cozied up at home with my dog and my boyfriend. They are my two favorite boys.
Which talent would you most like to have? I wish I played a cool instrument like the guitar.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I’d honestly say my skin as it is a real hassle and burden of my life. Maintaining it is the real struggle.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Packing up and moving across country on my own.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? I’d be a bird. I’d like to know what it is like to fly .
Where would you most like to live? On a tropical island somewhere. Anywhere there are beautiful beaches.
What is your most treasured possession? My name plate necklace my Dad gave me.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? Losing interest in the things you used to love.
What is your favorite occupation? Designing.
What is your most marked characteristic? I hear I am charismatic.
What do you most value in your friends? We aren’t catty towards each other.
Who are your favorite writers? Alan Watts for sure. He’s my only favorite to be honest.
Who is your hero of fiction? Lewis Carroll for creating my obsession with Alice in Wonderland.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Carmen Miranda for sure. She was an exhibitionist in her own right.
Who are your heroes in real life? My family and friends.
What are your favorite names? Phoenix, Maddex, Arya, Kai.
What is it that you most dislike? People who are not self aware or don’t look at themselves.
What is your greatest regret? Giving some wrong people the right parts of me.
How would you like to die? In a garden surrounded by hundreds of colorful flowers.
What is your motto? Be fearlessly you.
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